14th Annual

     Walk With Rachel 2019




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                                  About Rachel

Rachel Laird is a loving daughter, a wonderful sister and a thoughtful friend. She was a resident of Elk Grove Village, Illinois for 19 years. Rachel attended Link School, Mead Jr. High and Conant High School. After graduation from high school, Rachel went on to Bradley University. She was active in Student Government and the school newspaper during Jr. High and High School. She was on the swim and bowling team at Conant. At Bradley she joined Alpha Phi Omega, a service fraternity. As a member of APO, Rachel served on committees that danced to raise money for Children's Memorial Hospital, made food for the homeless, planned activities to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and decorated for the Ball. Rachel was an active member of Christus Victor Lutheran Church.

On February 23, 2004, God chose to call Rachel to his house in Heaven. Before this devastating loss to all of us, Rachel had a mission. She wanted to raise money to benefit children with medical conditions and help grant wishes to children with life-threatening conditions.

Anyone who had the privilege of knowing Rachel would agree she never knew the words "not possible". Whether it was planning a surprise 16th Birthday Party or working on decorations for a school dance, Rachel always made it special. She not only was about raising money, but also believed in volunteering her time and talent. She understood that giving a hug to comfort someone or making them a treat was just as important as the money that was raised. She would say to her mom many times, "I like to make what I do special for that person and make them feel like they are worth the effort." Rachel was aware that there would always be the homeless, the hungry and illness in this world. But if she could make a few people smile, feel good about themselves or feel a little relief from their troubles, her time and effort was well worth it. Rachel did make it special for us.

Rachel's extraordinary desire to help others has inspired her friends and family to raise money in memory of her. Please come out and join us to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois in Rachel's memory to keep her legacy alive.

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